Wipro recognizes that the environmental challenges we face today are as critical as the economic imperatives and, hence, ecological sustainability is an essential part of our approach to responsible corporate citizenship. As part of our ecological sustainability program, we are working on the following areas which have become so central to all our lives.
Carbon Mitigation and Energy: We have set rigorous goals based on Science Based Targets (SBT) methodology:
- Wipro commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 14% by 2022 and 48% by 2030, from a 2017 base-year.
- In addition, Wipro commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 10% by 2022 and 30% by 2030 from a 2017 base-year for business travel, employee commute, upstream fuel and energy-related emissions. Further, we have signed to align our targets with 1.5 degree temperature goal. Our GHG mitigation plan consists of three key elements
- Energy Efficiency (Reduce)
- Renewable Energy (RE) Purchase
- Travel Substitution (Reduce and Replace)
Water Efficiency and Responsible Sourcing: We view water from the inter-related lens of efficiency and conservation, coupled with our role as a responsible citizen in engaging outside our operational boundaries. Our goals are
- Improve water efficiency (fresh-water use per employee) by 5% year on year
- Reduce absolute water consumption in existing campuses by 20% between FY 2016 and FY 2021. We also ensure responsible water management in proximate communities, especially in locations that are prone to water scarcity. We are collaborating on building capacity and advocacy platforms at the city level for integrated urban water management.
Waste and Pollution Management: Our waste management strategy includes
- regular monitoring of air, water and noise levels to operate well within regulatory norms.
- Reducing materials impact and recycling
- arranging for safe disposal or treatment. To operationalize our strategy, we segregate and monitor waste processing across 13 broad categories and more than 40 sub-categories.
Campus Biodiversity: Our urban biodiversity program addresses the twin aims of creating biodiversity in our urban campuses while using it as a platform for wider education and advocacy. We have set the following goals:
- To convert five of our existing campuses to biodiversity zones
- All new campuses to incorporate biodiversity principles into their design.